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Monday 1 May

Meditation – Happy Mind, Happy Life!

Weekly meditation Monday evenings from 1st May 2017  following Theme 2 of the 16 Guidelines, 'How We Act’ - every skillful action makes a better world. The 16 Guidelines come from the inspirational values and principles that the great 7th century Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo, introduced to his people - methods and tools "to make life better". They played a crucial part in changing Tibet from a warlike nation into a civilization renowned for its peace and serenity. The 16 Guidelines are an excellent framework for improving your own life, as well as providing tools for helping others. Includes brief instructions and guided meditations - suitable for new and seasoned meditators. Come any week. 6.30pm - 7.30pm (Cost: free) Manly Meditation Group (www.vajrayana.com.au) About the Facilitator Phil Hunt has taken part in Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreats and teachings in Tibet, Nepal, India, USA, Australia and elsewhere and has lead meditation classes for many years.
Aboriginal Heritage Office, 1 Pittwater Rd, Manly Phil Hunt, 9976 1687 or aho@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Tuesday 23 May

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 1

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

 
All over Not Open to the Public
Friday 26 May

National SORRY Day

National Sorry Day is a very significant day for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors. The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home Report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, communities and cultural identity. This removal and separation was carried out under Federal, State and Territory laws and policies from the 1800s to the 1970s. http://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-sorry-day
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Friday 26 May

Beginning of the 2017 Guringai Festival

The beginning of the 2017 Guringai Festival which is an annual celebration of indigenous culture and heritage, starting in May with National Sorry Day and running until the end of NAIDOC Week in July. Welcome to another year of celebrating First Australian culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region. Welcome to the Guringai Festival 2017, we are still here and we are still going strong! Once again we have a long list of activities that commemorate, celebrate and create spaces and places for those important conversations to be had. We invite you to come along; attend a concert; film night, forum, art exhibition or bush walk, which has all been created for you and your families enjoyment. Once again, welcome to this years Guringai Festival. Keep your eyes open for our program and poster which will feature an Artwork from one of the Primary Age children in the area of the festival  
Northern Sydney Region / Access Program
Tuesday 30 May

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 2

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 6 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 3

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 13 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 4

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Tuesday 20 June

Connected Classrooms: 5 Week Video Conferencing Event For Primary Schools – Week 5

The AHO will be working with the MEC to present a Video Conferencing session to go out to Schools.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage at your primary school! Aboriginal Heritage Officer, Karen Smith, and Manly Environment Centre are running a 5 week Video Conferencing event designed to educate and engage primary school students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Culture, Heritage and Arts. Students will learn through song, dance and storytelling. The importance, resilience, and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Collaborate with other Guringai Festival events including launch of the Weaving Bridges Project. Sessions run every Tuesday from 23 May for 5 weeks. Book online for Guringai Festival live video conference sessions.

All Over Not Open to the Public
Sunday 25 June

AHO Walks with Willoughby Council for the Guringai Festival

The AHO will be walking at Warners Park with the Bushcare team from Willoughby Council for the Guringai Festival
Warners Park Bushcare Willoughby Council
Sunday 2 July

NAIDOC WEEK – Our Languages Matter

2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017. NAIDOC Week runs from the  2nd July to the 9th July The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on
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